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REACH survey results send clear messages to One Gloucestershire
The results are in from a REACH survey launched last September that asked members of the public for their views on the crucial issues at the heart of the “Fit for the Future” engagement exercise. The REACH survey was completed by over 2,100 people and the results (which are contained in full in Editor’s Notes) highlights are:
93.71% of respondents either don’t support or fully oppose the proposals to create only one Accident and Emergency Unit (a Centre of Excellence), in Gloucestershire, based at Gloucestershire Royal.
95.62% of respondents either don’t support or fully oppose the proposals to replace the current Cheltenham Accident and Emergency Department with a Centre staffed by non- specialist doctors with limited diagnostic and assessment services.
NOTE - At 6.15pm on the 25 th October the Trust confirmed that there will be no changes to the A&E at Cheltenham and that a Type 1 A&E capable of responding to blue light emergencies will continue to operate. 90.63% of respondents either don’t support or fully oppose the proposal to reduce the number and range of surgical services at Cheltenham General Hospital and concentrate them at Gloucester Royal.
80.22% of respondents either don’t support or fully oppose the Trust’s ideas for making patients themselves responsible for deciding what is “urgent” and what is an “emergency”?
To put this figure into perspective only 6.58% either supported or fully supported the idea. Michael Ratcliffe, Chairman of REACH commented:
“We are absolutely delighted at the number of people who completed our survey and it is clear they are a ringing endorsement of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust decision not to make any changes to the A&E services at Cheltenham General Hospital. The survey results also amply demonstrate the strength of public feeling about protecting the number and range of surgical services at Cheltenham General Hospital which is an area that greatly concerns REACH”.
Chris Hickey, Spokesperson for REACH added:
“We have previously made quite public our concerns that the “Fit for the Future” document could give a misleading impression. We were equally concerned however that the official survey launched by One Gloucestershire was flawed and which is why we launched our own survey.
“Crucially our questions gave respondents the ability to reflect the extent to which they support or oppose each point raised. The response to the survey has been fantastic and the results could not be more clear cut. We will be sharing these results in full with One Gloucestershire and also strongly urging them to fully take account of these views as part of their engagement process”.
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